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Paediatric Low Vision Clinic

The Paediatric Low Vision Clinic (PLVC) is a direct service provided by the department to students with vision impairment in state and non-state schools. Services are provided to children with vision impairment, including those with multiple impairments, from birth to school leaving age.

The PLVC provides a range of specialised vision assessments, support and information to assist students with vision impairment, their families, school staff and specialist support staff. Assessments assist in developing an understanding of each child's vision condition and associated visual behaviours, facilitate student access and participation, and promote learner engagement. Valuable input is provided by students, parents/carers, school and specialist support teachers during the PLVC appointment.

The Paediatric Low Vision Clinic team

PLVC services can include information on:

Children attending the PLVC will have their own eye care practitioners who provide treatment/medical intervention for their eye conditions. The role and focus of the clinic is to supplement and complement these services by establishing the functional vision in the learning environment. School specialist staff will attend clinic appointments with families and recommend teaching strategies and educational adjustments for curriculum programming.

Outreach Clinics

The PLVC provides statewide services to a number of centres throughout the state in addition to the services at Narbethong State Special School, Churchill St. Buranda, Brisbane.


Referrals to the PLVC are made by the Advisory Visiting Teacher-Vision Impairment (AVT-VI) or Head of Special Education Services (HOSES) in consultation with the student (if appropriate), parents/carers and school or regional staff. Medical practitioners make referrals directly to the clinic. In making a referral to the PLVC, specialist support staff should consider whether this will provide additional information to support the student's education other than that provided by the student's own eye practitioners and education team.


Enquiries regarding the Paediatric Low Vision Clinic can be made to Vision Impairment Services, Narbethong State Special School, Churchill St. Buranda, Brisbane.

Telephone: (07) 3823 0752

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